Year 8, Book 38

38. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

It is really difficult to write anything about this book as you will see mentioned in pretty much every review on Goodreads because trying to explain what the book is about is liable to give away things in the plot that readers should find out themselves. In the broadest strokes possible the book takes place during WWII and involves women who worked with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in Britain. The story is being told by a woman who has been captured by the Germans in France and is being forced to write down her story to reveal British secrets. There is a lot more to the story, but I don’t really want to say anything else about the plot.

I had heard so many people raving about this book prior to reading it that I was a little taken aback while reading it that I wasn’t enjoying it nearly as much as I thought I should be. I found it rather hard to follow at times because of the style in which it was written, and I just wasn’t all that taken with it. However, the end of this book entirely redeemed it for me and then some. Too often I wind up reading books where I feel like the ending ruins everything that was wonderful about the book leading up to it. This book is the complete opposite in that the ending tied everything together for me in a way that did make me love the book. I give it a 7 out of 10.

Year 8, Book 37

37. Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

Crap Kingdom is a young adult novel in which Tom Parking discovers that he is the chosen one destined to save a kingdom in another world from some horrible unnamed fate. Unfortunately when he is taken to said he kingdom he discovers it is made out of garbage and that the king doesn’t believe he is the chosen one. Tom decides he doesn’t want to be the chosen one of such a crappy kingdom, but then starts to reconsider once he finds out that his best friend Kyle has been appointed in his place.

I liked the premise behind this book a little bit more than I liked it in execution. It’s still a decent read and I can see it being highly appealing to pre-teen/teenage boys especially those into fantasy novels. I’m not sure I would recommend it for most adults though. I give it a 6 out of 10.